Itzel Velazquez

University of Central Arkansas

Itzel Velazquez is not only a student leader, serving as a leader of the Latino Student Association and as a member of the President's Leadership Fellows, but also a local community leader. Itzel has been instrumental in bringing resources to the local Latinx community through a Spanish-language college fair, the creation of new scholarships, and the creation of a local LULAC chapter and immigrant resource center. As a political science and international studies major, Itzel has focused her time as a university student on equipping herself with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the ongoing social change that she cares about, and she has put those skills to work on campus and in her community to meet previously unmet needs for a growing population, both at our university and throughout the nation.

Dr. Houston Davis
University of Central Arkansas

Personal Statement

I have a life-long commitment to addressing issues of education, civic engagement, and immigration, specifically because of my own personal experiences. My love for volunteerism was instilled in me at a young age by my parents, but it was not until college that I honed in on how I would translate that to meaningful action. My willingness to take initiative, learn, and mentor younger students is important in the work I do for the Latinx community. On campus, I have served as Vice-President of the Latino Student Association and the SGA Diversity Committee, helping to create spaces for students to feel welcome and sharing our culture among the student body. Understanding first-hand the limitations that first generation, low-income Latinx students face in pursuing a college education, I founded and serve as president of LULAC Council #773. Through this non-profit, I am able to help underprivileged students attain a higher education by providing scholarships and resources. Furthermore, as a member of Arkansas United (AU), I advocate on a state level to impact the national immigrant rights movement. I am a founding member and volunteer at the AU Immigrant Resource Center in Conway.

Itzel Velazquez
Political Science & International Studies: Class of 2019
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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